A busker is considered to be an entertainer who is actively providing a public performance in the public space in exchange for a donation. You require a permit(PDF, 220KB) to busk in our Shire. 

Busking is defined as sounding or playing a musical instrument, singing, reciting or performing conjuring, juggling, puppetry, miming, dancing or other entertainment or doing any of those things concurrently.

Busking also includes the activity of drawing any message, picture or representation on a pavement, paper or canvas surface.

Types of busking performances may include:

  • Performing with an instrument or multiple instruments, conventional or self-constructed
  • Performing a song, dance routine, mime, clowning, juggling, puppetry, comedy, magic or living statue act
  • Actively working in an artistic medium such as painting, portraiture or chalk art
  • Performing a Circle Act with or without dangerous goods (includes the use of substances that are flammable, toxic or hazardous and implements such as swords, knives and whips).

The below activities are not considered busking, so will not be issued busking permits, however, they may be eligible for other permit types:

  • Selling or street trading of any kind
  • Artists selling pre-fabricated work – pavement artists must be actively engaged in producing their artistic medium and not simply selling displayed artworks
  • Photography
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drawing and painting on postcards, t-shirts, bags or other goods
  • Touting, spruiking or advertising
  • Political rallying
  • Religious preaching and promotions
  • Fortune telling including tarot card reading and palmistry
  • Massage, chiropractic treatment or any other physical manipulation
  • Face or body painting
  • Temporary tattoo applications including henna
  • Cosplay and soliciting donations for photos taken while dressed in character costumes
  • Mascots
  • Fundraising on behalf of a charity, cause or organisation
  • Events or promotions even if they involve any element of performance.


Permit application - Artistic activity (busking)(PDF, 220KB)